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Almost 1,000 people participated in the 2nd Annual Run to Remember 9-11. The 5K/2K run/walk was coordinated by the Tinker Center for Religious Excellence (C.O.R.E.) and this year’s theme was, “United, Remember, Defend” to honor the memory and continued sacrifices of America’s first responders. (Air Force photo by Kelly White) 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk to Remember, Resiliency Luncheon
Almost 1,000 people participated in the 2nd Annual Run to Remember 9-11. The 5K/2K run/walk was coordinated by the Tinker Center for Religious Excellence (C.O.R.E.) and this year’s theme was, “United, Remember, Defend” to honor the memory and continued sacrifices of America’s first responders. (Air Force photo by Kelly White)
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2016
Col. Richard Land, 552nd Operations Group commander, passes the 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Alan Avriett Jr. during change of command ceremonies held Sept. 7 in Hangar 230, Dock 2.  In his previous assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Avriett was the director of operations for the 960th AACS. He is a senior air battle manager with more than 2,200 hours of flying in the E-3B/C/G and the E-8C aircraft, including 1,400 combat hours. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher J. Abad) Welcome, sir!

0 9/09
2016
Chief Master Sgt. Avery Woolridge, 552nd Air Control Wing command chief master sergeant, welcomes returning members of the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron and 552nd Maintenance Group from a July 19 deployment to Southwest Asia. Chief Woolridge is retiring with 30 years of service. His retirement ceremony will take place Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. in Dock 2 of Hangar 230. (Air Force photo by Ron Mullan) Chief Woolridge reflects on 30-year career
552nd Air Control Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Avery Woolridge will close out a distinguished 30-year career in a retirement ceremony at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 in Dock 2 of Hangar 230. The chief sat down with me to reflect on his 30 years in the Air Force.
0 9/01
2016
Col. David Gaedecke, 552nd Air Control Wing commander, left, passes the 552nd Maintenance Group guidon to Col. Brian Moore during a change of command ceremony held Aug. 8. Awaiting the guidon is Chief Master Sgt. Mike Phillippe, 552nd MXG superintendent. Colonel Moore succeeded Col. Andre Kennedy who retired from active duty. Colonel Moore previously served as the assistant deputy director for Joint Strategy and Plans at the Pentagon. (Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Tom Edwards) 552nd MXG gets new commander

0 8/19
2016
Reservists assigned to the 513th Air Control Group, walk by an E-3 Sentry wing July 25, 2016, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. More than 125 Airmen from the 513th Air Control Group and 552nd Air Control Wing are deployed to Hawaii in support of the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Caleb Wanzer) Tinker AWACS return from Pacific after successful RIMPAC 2016 exercise
Airmen from the 513th Air Control Group and 552nd Air Control Wing recently returned to Tinker Air Force Base after flying more than 110 flight hours and controlling 83 aircraft as part the world’s largest naval exercise.
0 8/19
2016
Members of America’s Wing Band rock the Tinker Club Feb. 5 during First Friday. Band members include: Lt. Col. Chris Egan, 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron commander, on rhythm guitar and vocals; Col. Brad Bird, 552nd ACW vice commander, on vocals and rhythm guitar; Lt. Col. Spence McKenna, 552nd ACW inspector general, on lead guitar; Lt. Col. Dan Johnsen, 552nd Maintenance Group deputy commander,  on drums; Lt. Col. Tony Alvarado, 963rd AACS commander, on vocals and cowbell; and Lt. Col. Gary Sandt, 963rd AACS interim deputy commander, on bass guitar. (Courtesy photo/Released) ABW rocks Tinker Club during First Friday
If you happened to miss First Friday at the Tinker Club Feb. 5, you missed what some are describing as "historic,"  "epic" and "reminiscent of the good old days" when base clubs were the place to be on Friday nights.The Tinker Club has been hosting First Friday for some time now. But, what made this night so special was an appearance by America's
0 2/26
2016
Default Air Force Logo 552 ACW members win awards
Two members of 552nd Air Control Wing recently won aircrew flight equipment awards.Capt. Amanda Murphy, an aircrew flight equipment officer with the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, has been named the Air Force's Aircrew Flight Equipment Officer of the Year.  Master Sergeant Adam Parnell, also an AFE with the 552nd Operations Support Squadron,
0 2/16
2016
Lt. Gen. Mike Hood, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, seated, listens to a recording of a recent mission performed by members of the 552nd Air Control Wing during a tour of an E-3 “Sentry” Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 aircraft on Feb. 3 at Tinker Air Force Base. Looking over the general’s shoulder and taking part in the E-3 static display are, from left, Maj. Gordon Lemon, mission crew commander; Lt. Col. Donald Saunders, 552nd ACW Canadian Detachment commander; Capt. Andrew Baier, airborne surveillance officer; and Capt. Anthony Snow, senior director. General Hood, assigned to the National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa, visited with the Canadian Detachment that consists of 39 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and three members of the Canadian Army. During his visit, the general also met with Col. David Gaedecke, 552nd ACW commander, and held a commander’s call with members of the detachment. The partnership between the Canadian Detachment, which falls under the 552nd ACW, is now in its 36th year. The Detachment first began working with the 552nd ACW in 1979. (Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel/Released) Working relationship

0 2/16
2016
Lt. Gen. Mike Hood, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, talks briefly with Master Cpl. Damien Hocquard, a communications systems operator assigned to the Canadian Detachment, which falls under the 552nd Air Control Wing, during a “Review of Troops” shortly upon his arrival to Tinker Air Force Base on Tuesday. General Hood, assigned to the National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa, spent two days visiting the Canadian Detachment, which consists of 39 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and three members of the Canadian Army. During his visit, the general met with Col. David Gaedecke, 552nd ACW commander, toured an E-3 “Sentry” Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, and held a commander’s call with members of the detachment. See next week’s issue of the Tinker Take Off for more coverage of the general’s visit. (Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel/Released) Top Canadian officer visits Tinker detachment

0 2/05
2016
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., greets Staff Sgt. Joshua O’Dell during a visit with Airmen from the 552nd Air Control Wing Jan. 15. Sergeant O’Dell, from Oklahoma City, is a Computers/Electronic Warfare Craftsman with the 552nd Maintenance Squadron.  He leads a four-member C/EW team that accomplishes scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on 27 E-3s valued at $8.9 billion. During his visit to Tinker, Senator Inhofe received an update on the KC-46A beddown, toured the new 966th Airborne Air Control Squadron location in Bldg. 201 and met with several Airmen, including Sergeant O’Dell, who had just returned from a recent deployment. (Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel/Released) Senator visits 552 ACW Airmen

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